Shamedown #8: Underworld Scandal

We're back with another Shamedown, people, and the titles just keep getting more generic (Heh. Just wait until next month.). If anyone is coming in late and is therefore fuzzy on what a Shamedown is, the details can be found here. Juvenile delinquency rose hugely all over the world both during and after the Second … Continue reading Shamedown #8: Underworld Scandal

Chomp, Chomp, Chomp

Nice to see Mr. Johnson again... I'm starting to see a pattern in my reviews lately, kind of, and that is American actors starring in foreign-to-them films. We all know how this goes. They speak English while everyone around them utters their lines in their native languages, which only get dubbed into English in post-production. … Continue reading Chomp, Chomp, Chomp

One Month Until the Fifth Broadway Bound Blogathon

We've got a month to go, guys. One month until we head back to Broadway. Are you excited? I sure am, and it's cool to see the way my wonderful participants have gotten into our little theme this year. Everyone's enthusiasm is very much appreciated--you all are awesome! If any of you equally awesome people … Continue reading One Month Until the Fifth Broadway Bound Blogathon

During World War Two: The Pacific Theater (Part One)

The war in the Pacific and the events leading up to it are very seldom taught, if ever, in schools today. In my case, and it's probably the same for a lot of film buffs and history lovers, movies made about that part of World War Two sparked interest in learning more. It's a complicated … Continue reading During World War Two: The Pacific Theater (Part One)

Wax On, Wax Off

The 1984 Karate Kid is one of my absolute favorite back-to-school movies, well, it and the Harry Potter series. Every year we watch these at my house sometime around the first weeks of the new school year. While Kid is a classic anyway, anyone who lived through the nineteen eighties will remember how much Gen-Xers would quote … Continue reading Wax On, Wax Off

Move Over, Chucky

OK, so I know I said that the planet Venus will always be an unknown quantity, but Venus has got nothing on the Bermuda Triangle because we can at least partially explain Venus. The Bermuda Triangle, not so much. Not everyone believes the Bermuda Triangle is worse than any other part of the ocean; in … Continue reading Move Over, Chucky

The Yanks Are Coming, The Yanks Are Coming

Are American tourists really as pesky as they're made out to be? I've only been to Canada, so I can't really comment based on firsthand experience, but obviously the stereotype exists. I do however, have a couple of decades of experiences with tourists in general, and while most people are cool, I have encountered a … Continue reading The Yanks Are Coming, The Yanks Are Coming

See You On Venus

Venus is an intriguing planet because its nature guarantees it will never be anything but an unknown quantity. We've tried to land on it, but it's too windy and the probes that have managed to land were melted in very short order by the extreme heat, but not before they sent back a few pictures. … Continue reading See You On Venus

Love Is In the Air

Back on the beach, only we're with Frankie and Annette in 1965's Beach Blanket Bingo. Can't have a Sorta Adios To Summer without at least one Frankie and Annette film, so here we go... The group is hanging out on the beach, of course, when new singer Sugar Kane (Linda Evans) parachutes into the water. Well, not … Continue reading Love Is In the Air

Pepsi, Please

Beach movies were the rage in the sixties, of course, and they weren't limited to Gidget or Frankie and Annette. Oh no, there was also 1964's For Those Who Think Young, where shiny happy young people cavort around the poster surrounded by bubbles. Lots and lots of bubbles. That title, though... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQlRp6E1YFg Although, people nowadays are … Continue reading Pepsi, Please

Call Me Crazy

Bob Hope and Bing Crosby's Road pictures are pretty iconic, but of course there were times when Bob went on jaunts sans Bing, such as in the rollicking 1963 comedy, Call Me Bwana. Wow. This movie. Heh. A probe has landed in the African jungle after a trip to the moon and the leaders of the United States … Continue reading Call Me Crazy

Aloha, Elvis

I have been wanting to see Elvis's movies since reviewing the new Baz Luhrmann film last month (read the review here), and it just so happens that Amazon Prime has a few, among them 1961's Blue Hawaii, which came right smack in the middle of the King's Hollywood career. Watching it was an interesting experience, … Continue reading Aloha, Elvis

That’s Show Business

Welcome back, Miss Esther... Esther Williams was no stranger to hazards, naturally, since her movies typically involved dangerous stunts, but in the case of 1948's On An Island With You, things were just annoyingly blah. The movie was blah, the swimming scenes were blah, and spirits were blah. Still, the show must go on, and there's … Continue reading That’s Show Business

Page To Screen: The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings

As pretty much everyone knows by now, next month Amazon Prime will premier its new Lord of the Rings series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Hi, my name's Fred. What's my name? Sorry, I think the series title looks redundant. Anywhoo, the trailers have been royally dragged by Tolkien fans and rightly so, … Continue reading Page To Screen: The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings